Old Union Hall was filled with students ready to kick off their final semester at Binghamton University as the class of 2015 celebrated the official 100-day countdown to graduation.
Over 300 seniors waited outside the hall for entry into Thursday’s event, which was sponsored by the Student Association. During the event, BU offices and organizations, including the Center for Civic Engagement, the Alumni Association, the University Bookstore and the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development tabled, offering a variety of free memorabilia, games and services.
Morgan Appel, a 2010 alumna who now works for the Dean of Students office, said the event was the first in a series of events celebrating the outgoing seniors.
“We had a senior week in mind, but we really wanted to kick it off, and thought 100 days was a good milestone to start with,” Appel said.
She said that the SA office wanted the event to be fun while providing seniors with advice they may need for life after graduation.
“We think it’s great because there’s a lot of information that the seniors need before they graduate, but we also want to celebrate,” Appel said.
Attractions at the celebration included a raffle for a free cap and gown, a photo shoot area where many posed with their freshman year roommates, and BU apparel giveaways.
One game involved throwing darts at a wall of balloons that were filled with fortunes.
“My fate is apparently to become a professional snowboarder,” said Hea Won Kim, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law.
Although many guests said they enjoyed the activities, some said they were uneasy about graduation.
“It’s terrifying,” said Julianne Rocco, a senior majoring in biology. “I’m not really sure what to expect after graduation. Finding a job with a B.S. in biology is tough without a master’s degree.”
Kevin Acker, a senior double-majoring in economics and Chinese, said he was looking forward to the time he had left at BU.
“I feel both excited and sad for this new chapter of my life,” Acker said. “But I’m going to dedicate a lot of the last 100 days to the Bhangra team, which really defined my four years here.”
Tejas Patel, a senior majoring in biology who plans on attending dental school following graduation, said he was looking forward to the end of the semester.
“It’s very bittersweet and exciting to take all the knowledge from Binghamton and apply it to the future, leaving all of this behind,” Patel said.